Decision-making guideline

As part of the environmental approvals process for offshore petroleum activities, NOPSEMA is required to make a decision to accept or refuse to accept an environment plan unless the titleholder withdraws that plan from the assessment process.

NOPSEMA recognises that increased transparency in the approvals process and its decision-making on environment plans is necessary to address feedback from titleholders, environmental non-governmental organisations, public engagements, parliamentary processes, and stakeholder consultation.

To address this feedback, NOPSEMA has prepared GL1721 - Environment plan decision making - Rev 3 - May 2017 (PDF 643KB), a decision-making guideline describing how it considers environment plan submissions against the decision-making criteria for acceptance specified in the Environment Regulations. This information complements NOPSEMA’s existing assessment policies and has been prepared as part of an ongoing Strategic Compliance Improvement Program aiming to improve transparency as well as stakeholder engagement.

GL1721 explains how NOPSEMA makes an administrative decision to accept an environment plan where, under the Environment Regulations, it must reasonably satisfied the environment plan demonstrates the criteria for acceptance has been met.

To publish the guideline, NOPSEMA undertook extensive consultation. Consultation report - Public consultation on environmental management 'Decision making guidelines' - April 2017 (PDF 666KB) captures the feedback received and communicated to the broader community including NOPSEMA’s considerations of the feedback and the changes made to the guideline as a result of that feedback.